Daniel Taylor’s most renowned masterpiece portrait of a Silverback Mountain Gorilla.
There are only about 790 Mountain Gorillas left in the world, hidden high among the forested volcanoes of central Africa. Many people have seen the movie “Gorillas in the Mist”, featuring the American zoologist Dian Fossey.
Mountain Gorillas are still critically endangered. Major threats include habitat loss and forest encroachment, disease and disease transmission from humans, war or political unrest and oil exploration within the National Parks.
“The male gorilla, called silverback, is the strong, dominant troop leader. Gentle in character, he is taking responsibility for the safety and well-being of the family group. When you look into his eyes, you are left in no doubt that he is looking right back and, like you, considering what he sees.” ~ Daniel Taylor
Daniel Taylor is one of the very few artists in the world who masters High Realist painting in acrylic. He is internationally renowned for his expressive portraits and wildlife art. His paintings are built up in a series of subtle layers, making them breathtakingly realistic and giving the impression of the paintings coming alive. As one of the founders of ‘ArtSavingWildlife’ (2004) Daniel Taylor is working closely together with the ‘African Conservation Foundation’. He provides ongoing support through local, national and international art and fundraising events.
Living and having raised his family in the interior of British Columbia, Canada, Daniel has been perfecting his technique for well over 40 years. This wilderness setting with its abundant wildlife has been a source of great inspiration. His works express not only what he sees, but how well he observes. Meant to push both the artist and then the viewer towards a perception of life at a deeper level. Daniel’s paintings translate the profound honour and respect he feels when painting his subjects.
For the past 20 years, Daniel Taylor has exhibited his work all over the world, from museums and galleries to great ape programs raising awareness in the Lebialem Highlands of South West Cameroon.
A permanent exhibition of his art is on display in the ‘John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’, Washington DC. Daniel’s paintings may also be found in both private and public collections internationally.
Over the years, Daniel’s work has been featured within many wildlife and art magazines. He has been selected for one of the ‘Artists for Conservation’s’ Flagship Expeditions. His painting of the ‘Mountain Gorilla’ has won an Honorable Mention in the wildlife category of one of the leading US magazines, ‘The Artist’s Magazine’ He was also a featured Artist in ‘Wildlife Art Magazine’, the ‘International Artist Magazine’,’Western & Wildlife Art Magazine’ and so many more. Recently Daniel’s art was featured in ‘Leisure Painter’, ‘Art Of England’, ‘Artists and Illustrators’ as well as in ‘The Artist’ and ‘Arabella’ magazines.
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